Post # 1
I know it’s a risk to buy your dress in a smaller size and it probably shouldn’t be done, but I was wondering if anyone has actually bought their wedding dress in a smaller size because of losing weight/planning on losing weight? If so, what was/is your experience?
Post # 3
@noenyu: I haven’t done this personally but my friend did for her wedding.
She was so determined to loose weight, and she knew for herself, if she bought a smaller dress it would force her to do so.
She went on a seriously healthy diet and began exercising and taking vitamins. she went in for a dress fitting and she had lost weight but not enough yet. Then, as she was so close to her goal she found out she was pregnant and had to buy an entirely new dress.
Post # 4
No, but I have lost 45 pounds in 6 months before so I know with the right motivation these things are possible.
How much smaller are you thinking to buy?
Post # 5
I ended up buying a smaller dress. I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to lose the weight and keep it off since the wedding is sooooo far away… It’s only about a size or 2 smaller than what I need. If I don’t lose the weight and keep it off, then I probably will have to buy a new dress, assuming that I even have a traditional ceremony. I might end up at the courthouse.
Post # 6
I purchased my gown in a size 6 because it was a sample and at a discount. I was assured that it could be altered though to my size. I am a 12 on top and I was bigger than a 6 in my waist when I purchased my gown. Since purchasing it, I have lost a little weight, so no alterations were needed in the waist; just the bust. There was an additional 6 inches that could be let out in the seams of my gown, so it will fit nicely on the day of. Losing a little bit of weight also helped, I think.
Post # 7
I’d be terrified of not loosing enough weight, or loosing it in the wrong places – like getting a smaller dress and not having enough bust to fill it but too much bum…tricky and costly to alter and it may mean the dress doesn’t suit me as much. I went for a dress that fits!
Post # 8
I bought a dress 15 months out that was about 2 sizes to small….maybe 3. and I kept saying I had plenty of time until just a couple of months ago when i realized there was no way I was going to loose all that weight. I sold the 1st dress for less than half it was worth and bought my new dress. I personally wouldn’t advise it. if you lose weight, great! but you don’t need that kinds of stress. getting it taken in is a lot cheaper than buying a new dress if you don’t loose it. just my advice. good luck!
Post # 9
I just ordered my dress in a size smaller than I am now. My wedding is in November, and for some reason I haven’t lost my holiday weight yet this year. It’s rare for me to be 15 pounds over what I usually am for this long, but I’m not worried- I know my regular dress size & I have plenty of time to get the weight off.
Post # 10
I was going to add this earlier, but I had computer troubles.
I wouldn’t suggest buying a smaller dress. The only reason I ended up with one is because my friend was desperate to get rid of it. I know how I am when it comes to losing weight and I’ll probably lose 15 pounds or so but I’ll never be able to keep it off. I’m probably going to end up reselling that dress that I bought and buying a new one with a corset back closer to the wedding.
Post # 11
I purchased a sample dress which was a 10 but we all know it’s really a 6 or 8 and was petrified of not losing enough weight, I’m a size 10 or 12 depending on what it is and finally lost the weight do to wedding stress. i bought the sample since I couldnt afford it brand new and it never zipped up since I purchased back in Oct. 2010. I tried it on this past Sunday and it does fit due to stress and diet which meant eating smaller portions, no eating out, no rice, pasta or carbs. It is possible to order the smaller size as long as you have motivation and stick to your diet.
Post # 12
Thanks for all your input. I really appreciate it.
For me, I’m probably looking at buy 1 to 2 sizes smaller. I know it’s really risky, but I’m not really going based on weight, I’m going more based on inches. I’ve always been trying to drop in weight and I did great a few times but didn’t keep up with it (my thinking was kind of flawed back then; I figured I made my goal and my metabolism had sped up and I could eat whatever I wanted then; obviously not the case lol) and I ended up getting it back. But I know if I work hard like I did in the past and have been doing for about a month now, I will get down to a smaller size. Question is, how much smaller can I actually get in about 5 to 6 months. It’s kind of like a double edged sword. If I buy the dress in my current size and drop down 2 possibly 3 sizes, I’ll have to get it altered and it could cost a lot and possibly change the look of the dress. If I buy it too small, I’ll have to get it altered and it will cost a lot to alter up and it could possible change the look of the dress. The good thing is I will be getting a corset back so that will help either way.
And I know, it shouldn’t matter what size I am, my fiancé loves me the way I am and asked me to marry him the way I am, but I always told him I wanted to be at a certain goal by the time we got married and honestly him proposing was a bit of a surprise lol.
I had started at 228lbs (before getting engaged) but had never really been motivated and very slowly dropped the weight (I wasn’t as strict with my diet and exercise as I am now). The holidays also affected my motivation (too much good food around.) I really started dedicating myself to this January 24th after all of the holidays had passed and I got myself motivated again.
My starting stats were:
I checked again on February 7th and they were:
Hips: 47 ½
I will be checking again tomorrow. I have also recently dropped a size. I went from an 18 to a 16 (My goal size is probably a 10 or 12; goal weight is 150; I’m 5’5”). According to the dress size chart, they would probably recommend a size regular 18 or a 16W based on my current measurements. In order to fit into a size 14 (the size I’m thinking about ordering), from my last stats, I would need to drop 3 inches from my chest, 6 inches in my waist, and 4 inches in my hips. I know I can do it, but the thought of not making it scares me, hence why I’m so confused.
Anyone know how much “wiggle room” in either direction a corset back will give while still looking good?
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I have a corset back on mine, and it could go up or down one size (possibly up two sizes). However, my waist seems to be much smaller than my bust, and if I do go down a full size, the bottom of the back probably won’t close tight enough since it’s already almost closed near the bottom. I was hoping to lose a bit of weight before the wedding (15 lbs. max – which won’t be a full size at my height).
Post # 15
If you want to lose weight, find a program that works, and do it for your health, in a healthy way. I would just be afraid that you’d get close to the end, and try to crash diet to fit.
Alterations are much cheaper than a new dress.
Post # 16
My bust and waist fit the smaller size (with 1/2-1 inch to spare) and my booty was about 1/2 inch too big (go figure). I was at my heaviest when I was engaged so I told the lady at the bridal store to order the smaller size and I promised I’d lose the weight.
I then asked her how many brides who say they are going to lose the weight actually lose it? She said, most of them DO. I felt more confident about my decision after that.
Since I got fitted, about 4 months ago, I’ve already lost 7 pounds (and I was only 107 to begin with). As long as your weight loss expectations are not ridiculous, go for the smaller size. It will be motivation to lose the weight.
In any event, I have a corset back, so there is a bit of wiggle room 🙂 Good luck!